March 20th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
13 years ago

In unusual step, Obama heads to the hill Saturday


President Obama heads to Capitol Hill Saturday in a final push before the House votes on the latest version of the health care bill. (Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama plans to address the House Democratic caucus Saturday to make a final plea for the health care overhaul, a day ahead of an expected House vote.

Four Democratic officials familiar with the plans told CNN on Friday that the president will speak Saturday to the lawmakers. The pitch will be made on Capitol Hill, White House aides said. No further details were immediately available.

The House of Representatives is set to vote Sunday on a sweeping $875 billion reform plan that cleared the Senate in December, as well as another $65 billion in compromise changes to the measure.

If the Senate bill passes the House, Obama will sign it into law. If the package of changes is passed, it will be taken up by the Senate.

Democratic leaders are trying to round up the 216 necessary votes to pass the bill. According to CNN's latest count, 29 Democrats plan to vote against the legislation. Thirty-eight Democratic "no" votes are needed to kill the bill.

Multiple Democratic leadership sources told CNN that Democrats have over 200 "yes" votes, though it was not clear Friday night how close Democrats were to securing the votes they need.

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. ombachi

    Can't understand you Americans,.....How come you could vote in favour of wars that are costing you soo much money (and Marines' lifes) but now you are dithering on voting for a health care bill that that simply seeks to enhance your health care system , your reason being its cost?

    March 20, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Tiffanie

    Finally! A backbone.

    March 20, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. pa

    I also believe that all Americans should be able to have access to the same health care that, our Congress who are employed by us, have. I believe that if President Obama can get this bill passed it will be a step in the right direction. For the record I have insurance though work where I have worked for 10 yrs and hope the place is still open when I go to work Monday morning, other wise I will not be able to get insurance. I am over 50 so I do consider the effect on the elderly.

    March 20, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Jacq

    The tea party members spitting on congressman the is the GOP's KKK

    March 20, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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